Portable Trauma Patient Warming Blanket and Heat Source

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$69,960.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
N00014-04-M-0281
Solitcitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2004
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N045-021-0029
Solicitation Topic Code:
N04-T021
Small Business Information
ROCKY RESEARCH
1598 Foothill Dr, PO Box 61800, Boulder City, NV, 89006
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
152672127
Principal Investigator
 Paul Sarkisian
 Director of Engineering
 (702) 293-0851
 paul@rockyresearch.com
Business Contact
 Uwe Rockenfeller
Title: President
Phone: (702) 293-0851
Email: uwe@rockyresearch.com
Research Institution
 University of Nevada
 G. T Shires
 Trauma Institute, 2040 W. Charleston Blvd, Suite
Las Vegas, NV, 89102
 (702) 671-2338
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Prevention and treatment of hypothermia during casualty transport is a major concern during military operations. Warming blankets are available at some field surgical centers, but nothing is currently available during air transport. Proposed is a rechargeable portable warming blanket system comprising a thermal energy storage module and blanket. The device will operate from electrical power sources when available, and can operate without external power for up to 2 hours. The blanket and TES unit will be designed for easy movement with patient, and will provide uninterrupted warming while waiting for transportation, during transport, and waiting for treatment. Thermal energy storage will be based on absorption of a refrigerant by a solid absorbent. This technology provides the highest heat energy storage density of all known heat storage media, is quickly and easily recharged from any electrical power source, has virtually infinite recharge cycle life, and no standby losses once the TES system is charged. Heat will be transferred from the thermal energy storage module to the blanket using liquid and a small battery-powered circulation pump. Small tubes will be woven into the blanket for liquid circulation.

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